Forever Strong (2008) watch online free, reviews

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Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for longtime rival team, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick joins the team where he must adopt the grueling training schedule and unique codeRick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for longtime rival team, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick joins the team where he must adopt the grueling training schedule and unique code of conduct that Highland’s legendary coach demands. Egos clash and bitter competitors struggle to find the meaning of “team.” As on-field battles rage, hearts are challenged and loyalties are tried. Rick Penning must decide between the life he lived and a life that stands before him. With a national championship on the line, he will learn that the greatest victories are born in the heart. (Crane Movie Company)… Expand

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There’s something disheartening about seeing real-life stories and their inevitable complexities put through the Hollywood sausage machine and transformed into bland parables about a privileged, wayward young bucks redeemed by wise, infinitely patient men

Despite all the macho posturing, the corny story is just as sappy as anything on Lifetime.

The performances are credible across the board, excessive sentimentality is largely avoided, and the sequences devoted to rough-and-tumble rugby match-ups are expertly shot and edited.

The movie is well shot and edited, the rugby scenes are enjoyable (if likely puzzling to the uninitiated) and “Strong’s” earnestness excuses at least some of its predictability.

This inspirational sports drama unfolds in such generic fashion that it feels contrived more often than it rings true.

Forever Strong is generic faith-and-redemption fare, devoid of nuance.

If the script serves any purpose at all, it is to allow jocks to show off their buff bodies. They’re hot, but not worth 12 bucks at the box office.